Summer Classes

  • Bulletproof Laptops for Studying on the Road

    Barry Lenson

    There’s no need to take a break from your online college studies this summer, even if you’re kayaking through the Everglades or trekking the Sierra Madres. All you need is some kind of broadband access and one of these ultra-rugged laptops that are designed to take any kind of beating that you or nature can dish out. We’ll list them in order of price, with the least expensive first. The GammaTech Durabook D15RP has a hefty case, an extra rugged keyboard and a shock-resistant hard drive that encrypts itself automatically to protect your information if the computer falls into the wrong hands. Price: About $2,000. Panasonic Toughbook F8 is a laptop hiding in a nearly bullet proof aluminum attaché case. Highly shock resistan ...

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  • Top College Success Books for Summer Reading

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re about to enroll in college in September – or if you have a son or daughter who will – why not help assure success by taking some college-level classes over the summer vacation months? And here’s one more thing you can do. Before you head off for summer vacation, put these books in your book bag. The strategies they teach could provide a quicker route to college success. How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students by Cal Newport. (Broadway Books, $11.95) Here are some of the strategies you’ll find in this lively, easy-to-read book:  Don’t do all your reading . . . drop some classes every term . . . become a club president . . . care about your grades, ignore ...

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  • Summer Study Checklist: How to take your remote-learning computer on the road

    Barry Lenson

    Summer is a terrific time to take college courses online. But don’t hit the road with your laptop until you’ve reviewed this pre-departure checklist: Is your laptop up to the task? With the cost of laptops and netbooks at a record low, this could be the time to buy a new summer study machine. Are you protected from theft? Hotel robberies do happen, so take a security cable or – even better – stay at a hotel where you can keep your laptop in a hotel safe behind the front desk. Another thing? Take the extra time to cable-lock your laptop to something solid if you will be leaving it in a parked car. Car thefts are common these days. Will you have decent Internet access while on vacation? Even though Internet access is provi ...

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  • The Summer and Online Study . . . Perfect Together!

    Barry Lenson

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be serving up a stream of posts about why the summer is such a great time to take college courses – both online and in the classroom. Today, let’s take a look at some reasons why summer is such a good time to sign up, log in, and start learning. Reason one:  You can front-load the courses you’re required to take in September. Let’s say you’ve just been admitted to the college of your choice, and you’ve gotten a list of the courses you’ll be required to take. Why not take some of those college courses online ahead of time – either to clear them from your schedule in the fall or get practice before you enter the “real” college classroom? Reason two:  You can turn vacations into learn ...

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